It is in the
southern edge of
the town, you see the sign as you drive in.
And you can get to it
via the southernmost streets in the town.
park protects 508ha of rainforest and woodland, and contains the 431
metre Mount Cook, Waymbuurr for the local Guugu Yimmithirr Aboriginal
and Mt Cook National Park are in the middle of the traditional lands of
Yalanji Aboriginal people (including Kuku Nyungkul, Kuku Bididji and
Yuku Baja-Muliku) in the south, and Guugu Yimithirr and Gungarde
Aboriginal people (including Gamay and Waymbuurr) in the north.
his stay in 1770 Captain James Cook named what is now Mount Cook 'Gores
Mount' after after his third Lieutenant, John Gore. Unaware of that,
during his voyage in 1819, Lieutenant Phillip Parker King named Mount
Cook after captain James Cook.
oldest rock material around Cooktown, found in our orange soils, is
believed to be 420 million years old. The granites found in Mount Cook
National Park and Black
Mountain (where they are black due to an algae that grows on
them) are about 260 million years old.
different types of vegetation include grasslands (on lower slopes), and
tropical woodlands and rainforest (on upper slopes). Amongst the many
species of different plants there are the ancient cycads, ferns and
tree ferns, paperbark and ironbark eucalypts, and lots of different
include northern quolls, amethystine pythons, rainbow skinks and many
others. Birds include bush turkeys, and the migratory buff breasted
paradise kindfishers and imperial pigeons that arrive from Papua New
Guinea for the summer.
best thing to do if you are fit enough is walking to the top of Mount
Cook. The walk is only three kilometres one way, but due to the
steepness the Mount Cook Summit Walk is not an easy one.
a great walk in Mount Cook national park in Cooktown.
to be fit enough, but
if you are, and if you
like bushwalking, you will love this walk. You find
it in the southern
end of the town,
... in Mt Cook national park,
follow the signs from the end of Ida Street, the entrance is
towards the end of Hannan Drive.
Follow the signs and you get to this carpark:
And this is where the Mt
Cook national park walk starts.
In the beginning it is
... you first come to a rocky
.. and then continue through open woodland,
pass through areas with granite
.. before you get to the first
lookout platform, where you have views over Cooktown and
Then the walk continues,
... the vegetation is gradually turning more and more into rainforest,
... and it gets steeper and passes by more lookout points.
you have glimpses of
... then the track,
then again another lookout
further you proceed the steeper
... sometimes it is quite exhausting,
... but the views
are well worth it!
It is a
good idea to allow
about six hours for
the return walk in Mt Cook national park, and try to avoid the hottest
part of the day. Bring
water, and wear a hat, good walking shoes, and sunscreen.
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